This is what I’m talking about — pithy posters for conservatives

I mentioned last week that, in today’s short-attention span universe, we can reach voters with analysis.  That’s a sad fact, but a true one.  They need to have neatly encapsulated thoughts that they can share on Facebook or tweet out to their world.

My fellow Watcher’s Council member, Michael Haltman, who blogs at The Political Commentator, has assembled a lovely starter collection of pithy posters that spell out conservative bottom lines in a memorable and appealing way.

If you see one you like, spread it around.  Or tell people about all seventeen of those pithy posters.  And while you’re at it, maybe you should buy a Rubio water bottle.  He’s figured out — at least as to this one — how to de-fang the media.

Alinsky put his brilliance to the service of the wrong gods, but it doesn’t mean he wasn’t brilliant. I’ve highlighted my favorites:

  • RULE 1: “Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.” Power is derived from 2 main sources – money and people. “Have-Nots” must build power from flesh and blood.
  • RULE 2: “Never go outside the expertise of your people.” It results in confusion, fear and retreat. Feeling secure adds to the backbone of anyone.
  • RULE 3: “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.” Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty.
  • RULE 4: “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.” If the rule is that every letter gets a reply, send 30,000 letters. You can kill them with this because no one can possibly obey all of their own rules.
  • RULE 5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions.
  • RULE 6: “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.” They’ll keep doing it without urging and come back to do more. They’re doing their thing, and will even suggest better ones.
  • RULE 7: “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.” Don’t become old news.
  • RULE 8: “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.” Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance. As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new.
  • RULE 9: “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.” Imagination and ego can dream up many more consequences than any activist.
  • RULE 10: “The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.” It is the unceasing pressure that will result in the reaction of the opposition that is essential for the success of the campaign.
  • RULE 11: “If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.” Violence from the other side can win the public to your side because the public sympathizes with the underdog.
  • RULE 12: “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.” Never let the enemy score points because you’re caught without a solution to the problem.
  • RULE 13: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.

Conservatives need to start following at least some of these rules, and we need to do it hard and fast.

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  • Danny Lemieux

    “Alinsky put his brilliance to the service of the wrong gods”
    Actually, let’s not mince words. Rules for Radicals was dedicated to Lucifer.

  • lee

    I think many conservative bloggers are adopting these rules Or adapting them. But we conservatices still have a few problems:
    1. For the most part, we on the right still beleive in honor. We still abhor lying, cheating, stealing, etc. It is hard to fight those who have no honor, while maintaining yours. Not to say it can’t be done. It’s just harder…
    2….When you don’t have a really strong way to broadcast. They: CBS, NBC, ABC, PBS, CNN, NY Times, WaPo, etc… Us: Uh, Fox, sort of. And a lot of talk radio and bloggers. We get the information OUT, but we don’t get the wide dissemination of the Left.
     
    That being said, I think we can utilize their own rules in the battle, But we gotta make some of our own rules. And I really don’t want to sell our souls to do this.
     
    How do we address just one thing? Let’s pick on one specific example: I was reading over at neo-neocon about a book by a Sarah Conly, entitled “Against Autonomy: Justifying Coercive Paternalism.” Apparently, according to neo-neocon, this book “purports to use social science research to undo none other than John Stuart Mill.” Eeek! Read what she writes over there: http://neoneocon.com/2013/02/21/for-our-own-good/  This is very SCARY. And I KNOW many run of the mill friends of mine, who are not Conservative, and really only knee-jerk liberals but with half-a-brain would find this appallling. I really think they would. (I mean, isn’t this what went on in the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany, Pol Pot Cambodia, Maoist China…. Surely they should see this?!) So, how do we Alinsky-ize against this?
     
    I am sure that if we could get some of the information of what the heck is going on to even just a couple of million people, they will understand, and see the light. I know we are in the age of the “low-information voter,” the person who decides based on sound bites. So we gotta get to them quick, in easy to bite off chunks, and it has to be mildly repetitive. But these are also people who are getting their information from the Daily Show, from Saturday Night Live, from the brief bits of CNN they see in the airport waiting areas… What do we do? Leave flyers in the airport? Buy advertising? Brainwash Jon Stewart?
     
    Eek!!! 

  • http://www.amazon.com/Occupy-Innsmouth-ebook/dp/B009WWJ44A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361504109&amp raymondjelli

    I really should read him at some point but his points are out of context.  The man is talking to a mob and he feels if always directed the mob should win.  This is the ultimate point of view of a Lefty slob.  Ultimately small, ultimately meaningless and only seeing power as something that creates envy not something that arises from the need to accomplish something in society.
     
    The way to beat an Alinskyite is to always remind him that although he may be in a crowd or part of a big movement he is still the same piece of trash that his own family is sick of, that has a messed up life in general and that we feel personal diminished if we ourselves are more like them.
    Wouldn’t you love to see them protesting a private citizen and having that citizen just say in a loudspeaker you all realize that you are all still each and every one trash?  The weakness of the Alinskyite is that they have poor inner lives and family lives and so even within a crowd is weak and ready to be cut off.  We need to start hammering them and cracking their ranks.  It can be done.